WHY DO KOREANS TAKE A POOP SQUATTING?
Squat is the king of leg exercises, and Koreans have long been practicing this workout not at the gym but in the bathroom! While still found in some parts of Seoul and many parts in rural Korea, many young Koreans, and foreign tourists especially coming from the West, find it difficult to adjust to the different defecation apparatus, although it had been used in all parts of the world, including Southern Europe and Africa (it’s called “French toilets” in some parts of the Middle East” and “Turkish toilets” in Western Europe). With the modernization effort, the Western-style “sit toilets” are replacing the “squatter toilets,” and there’s a rumor that the average leg strength of the Korean people has also been declining.
WHY DO KOREAN RESTROOMS ASK YOU TO TOSS TOILET PAPER IN A BASKET?
After doing your business (#2), you need to dispose of the used toilet paper. It’s pretty much commonsense to just toss it into the toilet and flush them all down, but in some public bathrooms in Korea you might find a sign saying “Please toss the toilet paper in the trash can.” This doesn’t sound too appealing, right? Well, the reason for this practice is because many Korean public bathrooms, in order to conserve water, limit the water tank capacity under a certain level, and the amount of water used per flush is comparatively weaker than regular home toilets. To prevent toilet blockage, they recommend using the trash can instead. However, not only is it unsightly, it also poses a potential danger to public health. Nowadays, public bathrooms use more dissolvable toilet paper, and the flush-them-altogether method is becoming the norm.
Hey, don’t forget to stock up on toilet papers!